Navigation Links
Depression Survey: Implications for Diverse Communities
Date:12/10/2009

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans do not believe that they know much about depression, but are highly aware of the risks of not receiving care, according to a survey released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

See full survey results at http://www.nami.org/depression, an interactive Web site that includes resources for people of diverse communities.

Though depression is common and highly treatable medical illness, research demonstrates that people of different cultural groups are at increased risk for untreated depression and suicide.

  • One in five Latina teenagers in the United States has seriously considered or attempted suicide.
  • More than 15 million Asian Americans live with depression; it's the second leading cause of death for Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
  • Misdiagnosis and under-treatment are common in the African American community. Only 12 percent of women seek treatment.

The survey provides a "three-dimensional" measurement of responses from members of the general public who do not know anyone with depression, caregivers of adults diagnosed with depression and adults living with the illness.

Survey findings include:

  • Nearly 60 percent of people living with depression reported that they rely on their primary care physicians rather than mental health professionals for treatment. Medication and "talk therapy" are primary treatments--if a person can get them--but other options are helpful.
  • When people living with depression discontinue medication or talk therapy, cost is a common reason, but other factors include a desire "to make it on my own" whether they believe treatment is working and in the case of medication, side effects.
  • Almost 50 percent of caregivers who responded had been diagnosed with depression themselves, but only about 25 percent said they were engaged in treatment.

"The survey reveals gaps and guideposts on roads to recovery," said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. "It tells what has been found helpful in treating depression. It can help caregivers better anticipate stress that will confront them. It reflects issues that need to be part of health care reform."

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org/

www.nami.org/multicultural

http://twitter.com/namicommunicate

http://www.facebook.com/pages/NAMI/85273022315

SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Clinical depression linked to abnormal emotional brain circuits
2. Depression Taking Toll on Returning U.S. Vets
3. Damp, Moldy Homes May Cause Depression
4. Treating depression may improve recovery of heart rate variability following coronary syndromes
5. Study finds primary care depression treatment often does not follow quality guidelines
6. Hot ice, measuring depression, perfect invisibility and flu vaccine incentives
7. Depression May Be Worlds Most Disabling Disease
8. Depression Pushes Middle-Aged Workers to Retire
9. Maternal depression and controlling behavior associated with increased stress response in infants
10. Brain atrophy in elderly leads to unintended racism, depression and problem gambling
11. Lauren Marangell, M.D. to Join Lilly; Internationally Recognized Expert in Depression Joins as Distinguished Lilly Scholar
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network ... the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased ... location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland ... iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness ... & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set ... drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, ... traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) learned ... receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research and ... by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting pulmonary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: ... its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated ... shock. With this clearance, Roche is the first IVD ... solution for sepsis risk assessment and management. ... and PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ANGELES , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused ... therapeutics, today announced that patient enrollment in its ... in Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient ... enrollment in the third quarter of 2016, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: